How RNA machinery navigates our genomic obstacle course
Once upon a time, scientists thought RNA polymerase—the molecule that kicks off protein synthesis by transcribing DNA into RNA—worked like a wind-up toy: Set it down at a start site in our DNA and it ...
Nanotech-enabled moisturizer speeds healing of diabetic skin wounds
A new high-tech but simple ointment applied to the skin may one day help diabetic patients heal stubborn and painful ulcers on their feet, Northwestern University researchers report.
Twins experiment reveals genetic link with mosquito bites
The likelihood of being bitten by mosquitoes could be down to our genes, according to a study carried out on twins.
Viral proteins may regulate human embryonic development
A fertilized human egg may seem like the ultimate blank slate. But within days of fertilization, the growing mass of cells activates not only human genes but also viral DNA lingering in the human genome from ...
Sex offending may be in the genes but knowing that won't prevent it
A high-profile piece of research recently suggested that the sons and brothers of convicted sex offenders are more likely to be convicted of sex crimes than others. The implication is that the potential for ...